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70-200 2.8 II AND a 400mm 5.6?

 
crumbleton
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Jan 08, 2014 16:03 |  #1

I recently got a 70-200mm 2.8 II and a 1.4 II extender to replace to my Tamron 70-300 vc used and am really happy with it (as you'd expect despite the huge price difference :-) )

I got back to work after Christmas to find a mail in my inbox from a colleague who is selling his gear including a canon 400mm 5.6l. He's asking £700 for it, new it's around £1150 so it's a bargain in some respects but...is it a worthy purchase considering my latest acquisition? I can imagine wandering with the 70-200 and getting some good shots at a reasonable distance but also using the 400 in a static location getting some proper reach but would this be worth the expenditure?


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Jan 08, 2014 16:20 |  #2

Worth the expenditure? Only you can answer that...

I can say that even on my 7D, the 70-200mm +1.4x TC is not very long for things like wildlife and some sports. The 400mm f/5.6 is an exceptionally sharp lens with extremely fast and accurate auto focus. This boat was going well over 200 KPH...

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The only thing lacking from the 400mm f/5.6L is Image Stabilization. However since you can get great imagery wide open, you should be able to keep the shutter speed well up there to compensate for camera shake. This is especially true with the high ISO capability of a full-frame camera...

I suspect that at the price you would pay for that lens, you could always unload it at no loss (and a possible profit) if it doesn't suit you.

OTOH, the Canon 2x TC iii is said to provide exceptional image quality with your 70-200mm f/2.8L ii and would be less expensive to purchase and easier with which to travel.

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Jan 08, 2014 16:33 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #3

I thought carefully about a 2x over a1.4x and several reviews said that the 2x had a bit too much distortion etc. at the edges. At the time I thought that the 1.4 and the 200 would match up to the the tamron 300; slightly shorter but the added sharpness would more than compensate for any cropping.

Of course this was before I knew about the 400mm...but if I did buy it I'd now have the 1.4x to complement that as well :-)


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Jan 08, 2014 16:51 |  #4

I have used the 400/5.6 on a mononpod with a 1.4x TC and a 2x TC = great results. Given it is a sunny day, of course.


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Jan 08, 2014 17:44 |  #5

Get the 400 u won't regret it


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Jan 08, 2014 18:16 |  #6

I can't imagine not having my 400 f5.6. Most of my best shots are with that lens, and I use it handheld 99% of the time with no issues. Get it!


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Jan 09, 2014 02:16 |  #7

get the 400. I use the 70-200II and the 400 any time I go out for wild life or sports. They are amazing together. The 400 is no slouch. and is certainly "worthy"




  
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Jan 09, 2014 02:20 |  #8
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gasrocks wrote in post #16589053 (external link)
I have used the 400/5.6 on a mononpod with a 1.4x TC and a 2x TC = great results. Given it is a sunny day, of course.

5D can't autofocus with 400/5.6 +1.4 extender (+_+)




  
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Jan 09, 2014 02:21 |  #9

fivedmarkone wrote in post #16590286 (external link)
5D can't autofocus with 400/5.6 +1.4 extender (+_+)

Most people MF. you can also tape some pins that will fool the camera and attempt to AF




  
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Jan 10, 2014 04:15 |  #10

Well, it's not a bad piece of glass. I took it for a spin yesterday around the lake near where I work and in the evening took some moon shots. No special prep or anything, I just went out and snapped.

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I think I shall take up the offer.

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Jan 10, 2014 06:37 |  #11

Get it. I admit I am jealous of the price . I sold my 100-400 and am replacing it with the 400 and a 70 - 200 f4. i want a lighter lens for travel and 400 is good for birds in the back yard.


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Jan 12, 2014 11:20 |  #12

crumbleton wrote in post #16588910 (external link)
I recently got a 70-200mm 2.8 II and a 1.4 II extender to replace to my Tamron 70-300 vc used and am really happy with it (as you'd expect despite the huge price difference :-) )

I got back to work after Christmas to find a mail in my inbox from a colleague who is selling his gear including a canon 400mm 5.6l. He's asking £700 for it, new it's around £1150 so it's a bargain in some respects but...is it a worthy purchase considering my latest acquisition? I can imagine wandering with the 70-200 and getting some good shots at a reasonable distance but also using the 400 in a static location getting some proper reach but would this be worth the expenditure?

or £869 from Portus Digital?


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Jan 12, 2014 11:21 |  #13

Lichter21c wrote in post #16590279 (external link)
get the 400. I use the 70-200II and the 400 any time I go out for wild life or sports. They are amazing together. The 400 is no slouch. and is certainly "worthy"

Mine is on order - can't wait


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Jan 12, 2014 12:03 |  #14

hania wrote in post #16599304 (external link)
Mine is on order - can't wait

It's a great combo. Someday I will step up to a big one. But until
Then I am 100% happy with mine




  
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